Smart View

Smart View

From The Finnish Hyperion Guy

In a move that probably took even the most die-hard Hyperion pros (and myself 😉 by surprise, Oracle has released Smart View last Friday. Yes, you got it right, the version number indeed reads eleven-one-two-five! I’m not quite sure how Oracle came up with such a jump in the version numbering but I’ll wager that they wanted to separate Smart View from the rest of the EPM suite as the product has pretty much started to live a life of its own anyway. Let’s take a look at what the new package has got to offer.

What’s New

  • New certifications:
    • Support for Windows 8 added (on PC and on Microsoft Surface Pro tablets)
    • Microsoft Office 2013 supported (32 and 64-bit)
    • For older OSs and Office versions the list follows the EPM certification matrix
  • The same installer (smartview.exe) now includes the add-in versions for both 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Office
  • Installer language detected automatically based on Windows Regional Settings
  • Better upgrade functionality – no need to uninstall or delete files (Note: When upgrading from release and earlier, Oracle recommends to uninstall Smart View first)
  • MS .Net Framework 4.0 is needed (the installer will complain and close in case correct framework version is not found)
  • Lots of bugs fixed and known issues listed with workarounds. Some highlights:
    • The Improve Metadata Storage option is selected by default to improve performance and enhance compatibility with Excel macros
    • Starting with release, formula cells can be copied and pasted
    • Excel process no more terminates when saving a workbook in certain cases
    • HFM: POV details were not correctly passed into linked forms
    • Planning: Decimal truncation error fixed when comma is used as decimal separator in Windows
    • Etc… See the readme file for full list

Latest Smart View version is now available on a separate Smart View page on the Oracle Technology Network website:

Full documentation for SV available on OTN as well. Take some time to read through the readme file as there are still some quirks with the 64-bit Office support (some of which Oracle seems to be trying to tackle with Microsoft).